Canyon Country barricaded man assaults, seriously injures deputy

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

CANYON COUNTRY, SANTA CLARITA (KABC) -- A deputy was seriously injured after being assaulted by a man who had barricaded himself with a knife in a bedroom with his two young children in Canyon Country.

Early Thursday morning, the sheriff's station received a frantic 911 call from a woman who said she was assaulted by her husband at their home in the 26700 block of Isabella Parkway.

She told deputies that her husband was emotionally disturbed and had barricaded himself in the bedroom with their two young children, ages 3 and 5.

When deputies arrived on scene, the woman told them that her husband had armed himself with a knife and had blocked the bedroom door with a dresser.

Deputies were able to talk the man into opening the door a crack. During their conversation, the man told deputies that "he wanted to die tonight."

Deputies persuaded the man to drop his knife, but he still refused to fully open the door. That's when the deputies inside the house decided to forcibly push the door open at the same time as deputies outside the house broke a window to get into the bedroom.

As soon as deputies made their way into the bedroom, authorities said the man charged at the deputies and attacked. During the struggle, officials said the man thrust one of the deputies into a wall.

The man was eventually restrained by other deputies following a brief struggle. The children were rescued and were not injured.

According to sheriff's officials, the deputy who was thrown into the wall incurred significant head trauma and injuries to his upper torso. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. The deputy is assigned to the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station.

The suspect was also transported to a local hospital for treatment for minor injuries he sustained during the struggle with deputies. He was cleared from the hospital and booked on charges of domestic violence, assault on a peace officer, cruelty to children and dissuading a victim.

He was being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station in lieu of $50,000 bail.